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BLUE SOLUTIONS

Improving the blue environment and economy

The sustainable blue economy is the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth and improved livelihoods. It promotes both a healthy marine environment and thriving human populations. The SUBMARINER Network has promoted the sustainable blue economy since its inception, playing an integral role in the development of the blue bioeconomy, as well as tools, such as Marine Spatial Planning and Multi-Use. 

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What is the blue bioeconomy?

The commercial use and conversion of living aquatic resources (such as algae, mussels or jellyfish) into a variety of products. These products include novel foods and food additives, animal feeds, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and energy. Businesses and start-ups are engaging in every part of the value chain from aquaculture to the extraction and refining of resources, to the development of consumer-ready products.

What is maritime spatial planning?

Maritime spatial planning (MSP) is a strategic approach to managing and organising human activities in marine areas. MSP aims to balance various activities like fishing, shipping, energy generation, tourism, and conservation efforts. By analysing these activities and their potential impacts, MSP helps identify suitable locations for each, minimising conflicts and promoting sustainable practices.

What is multi-use?

Ocean multi-use (MU) is a novel approach to reduce demand for ocean space and offer significant socio-economic and environmental benefits by combining different economic activities in one location. Many innovative multi-use concepts have been recently proposed and are being advocated for in a range of policies. Multi-use can include combinations such as offshore wind & aquaculture, offshore wind & marine protection, or fisheries & tourism.

Solutions rooted in the sustainable blue economy

In addressing the multifaceted challenges of our time, we have strategically aligned our focus areas with the ambitions set by the EU Green Deal, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and the EU Mission Ocean. Through our nine core solutions, we tackle pressing issues including overfishing, plastic pollution, eutrophication, competitiveness, biodiversity loss, climate change, rural desertification, and demographic growth. By integrating science, innovation, and collaboration, we aspire to pave the way towards a healthier, more resilient ocean and a sustainable blue economy for generations to come.

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